CAREER DEVELOPMENT / DEC. 20, 2015
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Top Careers for Felons

So, you made some questionable life choices when you were young, and then repeated these questionable life choices until you got thrown in the slammer (is slammer still appropriate street slang?). Now you’re out as a reformed person ready to put on your law-abiding pants, get a job, rent a place and live the quiet life. Unfortunately, people see your incarceration record and reel back away from you as a job candidate, faster than, well, someone reeling away from a scary ex-con like yourself. So, what are you going to do?

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Before you grab your gun and bandana (isn’t that what all criminals wear?) read this, because these are the top careers for felons.

1. Military

Well, I’m an ex-con too, I see no reason why I shouldn’t give you a high powered rifle and train you to kill.

Oh wow, yeah ok I wasn’t expecting the U.S. Military to employ ex-cons, but according to jobsthathirefelons, due to increased and longer engagements of the U.S. forces abroad, it is becoming more and more common for recruiters to offer felony waivers (also known as conduct waivers) to convicts that consider conscription. Of course, it’s given on a case to case review and the crimes must be non-violent such as burglary, drug charges and assault…WHAT? I thought they said non-violent! Well, I guess, non-so-violent charges. You know what, never mind, they have granted waivers for people that did prison time for terrorist threats and involuntary manslaughter. Holy crap.

2. Construction Industry

Generally, the construction industry isn’t that stringent with checking employees. Especially if the applicants are skilled laborers i.e. proficient with plumbing, masonry, roofing or carpentry. Many prisons also offer vocational courses for convicts such as certification in HVAC installation and maintenance, carpentry, electrical work and general construction industry skills.

3. Consultancy

If you committed a crime that circumvented systems ir safe-guards that were previously thought to be unbreakable, then your crime might have helped you with your future career. Frank William Abagnale, who was made famous by the movie Catch Me If You Can was imprisoned for fraudulently claiming to be a college professor, a doctor, a lawyer and yes even a pilot. Oh and for being a master forger and writing 2.5 million dollars’ worth of bogus checks. Today, Abagnale runs a consultancy firm which helps companies and governments (yes, governments) protect themselves against fraud. Another proud former member of the FBI’s most wanted list Kevin Mitnick was incarcerated for hacking a software company and stealing their software. After three years on the lam, he was apprehended and jailed. Upon his release he created Mitnick Security which consults companies regarding network security and exploitable loopholes in their systems.

4. Professor

"Seriously?" "Yup"

Some prison systems in the United States offer college courses with some programs even awarding degrees. So, during your stint, you can work towards your undergraduate degree and depending on your sentence, continue with your graduate degree, or work towards it after your release. Surprisingly, a T.V. judge by the name of Greg Mathis had earned his GED (high school diploma) in prison and then was awarded a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Finally, Mathis studied law and has had a law based reality show since 1999. Oh wait that’s a judge, not a professor. Stephen Richards, on the other hand, was incarcerated for a total of nine years in which he managed to get his bachelor degree while behind bars, went on to get his masters and eventually, a PHD. Today, Richards is actually a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

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Do you know of any other careers that would be good for an ex-con? Let me know in the comment section below.

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